Holy See calls for action in Iraq, and UN sends a mission

Vatican City, Sep 5, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See on Monday urged the UN to provide humanitarian aid to Iraq during a special session of the Human Rights Council, which chose to dispatch a mission to the nation to investigate alleged violations and abuses of international human rights. The special session of the UN Human Rights Council was held Sept. 1 and concluded with a resolution adopted without a vote, through which the Council condemned the abuse of human rights law … [Read more...]

Analyst: Vatican regards Islamic State as waging a ‘war of religion’

Vatican City, Sep 4, 2014 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- According to prominent Vatican analyst Sandro Magister, the Holy See views the aggression of the Islamic State as a religious war, and believes that international action taken so far is inadequate. In a Sept. 4 post on his Settimo Cielo blog at l'Espresso, Magister made note of an editorial which appeared in the most recent issue of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Jesuits' Italian-language cultural review. “Obviously, to … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Decadent Christians have forgotten Christ

Vatican City, Sep 4, 2014 / 09:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily on Thursday, Pope Francis spoke on the importance of having an encounter with Christ, saying without it one becomes lukewarm and unable to evangelize. “If a Christian is not able to feel themselves a sinner and saved by the blood of Christ, this crucified one, they are a half-way Christian, a tepid Christian,” Pope Francis told mass attendees Sept. 4. “When we find decadent churches, when we find … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI meets with advocates of Traditional Latin Mass

Vatican City, Sep 4, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI met in a private audience with two leaders involved in promoting the Traditional Latin Mass, or the extraordinary form of the Roman rite, on Monday afternoon. Benedict met Sept. 1 with Cosimo Marti, co-founder of the Switzerland-based Juventutem International Federation, and Joseph Capoccia, director of the annual “Populus Summorum Pontificum” pilgrimage to Rome, the Italian newspaper La Stampa … [Read more...]

The ‘Unknown Pope’ – how Benedict XV is relevant today

Vatican City, Sep 3, 2014 / 01:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite a biography title labeling him the “Unknown Pope,”  Benedict XV had a tremendous impact on life of the Church, and his legacy of diplomacy and efforts for peace live on today. On Sept. 3, 1914 – 100 years ago today – Giacomo Giambattista della Chiesa was elected Bishop of Rome. della Chiesa, a longtime diplomat who had been Archbishop of Bologna since 1907, took the name Benedict XV when he was … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: the Church is a mother who guides her children

Vatican City, Sep 3, 2014 / 04:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Church, turning to the aspect of her maternity, of which the Virgin Mary is a model encouraging us to reach out to our brothers and sisters. “The Church is also mother because she cares for her children and guides us on the path of salvation,” the Pope stated in his Sept. 3 general audience.      “She nourishes and sustains us with the … [Read more...]

Christian identity comes from Holy Spirit, not ‘theology degrees’

Vatican City, Sep 2, 2014 / 09:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Christian earns his ability to speak with authority from the Holy Spirit, not from a theology degree, Pope Francis said during his daily Mass at the Vatican's Saint Martha Residence Sept. 2. Reflecting on the Gospel reading for the day, the Pope noted how those who heard Jesus were amazed by his teaching because his word “had authority.” Jesus was not a “commonplace preacher,” the Holy Father said, because … [Read more...]